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This is a sequel to the 1953 movie, as opposed to a complete reboot. The aliens were defeated by bacterial infection, and their bodies stored in barrels on US Military bases. Unfortunately, some terrorists attack the base and accidentally shoot holes in some of the drums. With exposure to radiation from nearby nuclear waste, the bacteria are killed and the aliens return to life. Worse, they can now absorb a human host body (like The Thing ).
The Aliens have a battle cry - To Life Immortal! It is quite catchy, but distractingly ironic due to the fact that they generally use it before doing something suicidal.
Dr. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin) is a free-thinking University professor who works with Microbiologist Suzanne McCullough ( Lynda Mason Green ) and computer programmer Norton Drake (Philip Akin - Highlander: The Series ). Blackwood is the only person not affected by collective amnesia, so he can remember the alien invasion 35 years earlier in 1953. He has been working on locating the aliens' homeworld, so his team detects the ...
Colonel Paul Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) leads Delta Squad in a hunt for the aliens. Unfortunately, he neglects Dr Blackwood's advice. As a result, his Special Forces team have the same life expectancy as the Colonial Marines in Aliens .
General Wilson (John Vernon - The Questor Tapes ) is Suzanne's uncle, and Ironhorse's superior. He provides backing for Blackwood's team, with Ironhorse as co-leader.
The aliens have not been seen or heard from in several weeks. The Military hope that most of them died in the explosions that destroyed their ships. Even Blackwood has to admit that the only thing saving the aliens from near-lethal bacteria is lethal levels of radiation. So General Wilson (John Vernon - The Questor Tapes ) pays a visit and tells the team that they can go back to their day-jobs.
The aliens stage a heist at a plastics factory. Then they try to steal liquid nitrogen from a military rocket base. Naturally, their suspicious Modus Operandi is flagged on law enforcement databases, thanks to Norton hacking them and installing a search algorithm. The team predicts where the aliens will strike next, then Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) and Blackwood go undercover as government inspectors. General Wilson himself comes along as backup.
A trio of aliens cross the border to Canada. There is another stash of preserved invaders there.
Harrison Blackwood consults his stepmother ( Ann Robinson from the original 1953 movie), who is in an Old Folks' Home.
TV news reporter Michelle Scarabelli and her cameraman, Von Flores ( Earth: Final Conflict ) are doing a story on the truckers who transport radioactive waste. They stumble across an alien hijacking of the trucks.
The aliens take the trucks to a ghost town that was abandoned in the 1960s because it was built near a nuclear test zone. They kidnap the entire population of a nearby town, providing enough human host bodies for their resurrected army.
Even Ironhorse's rank is not enough pull to get access to satellite photos of the area. Blackwood and Suzanne go in by car, and unfortunately blunder into the town where everyone is possessed by an alien. Colonel Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) compares fighting the aliens to his time in Vietnam, fighting an enemy he could not see. But he can hardly be old enough to be a 'Nam veteran, surely!
The Blackwood team go to Grover's Mill for halloween. They even bring Debbie, Suzanne's pre-teen daughter. It is the fiftieth anniversary of the Orson Welles radio broadcast of 1938, and Blackwood wants to interview the final four survivors of the town Militia.
The aliens have also sent a team to the town, disguised as a motorcycle gang. Their plan is to dig up the wreck of an alien ship that crashed in 1938, and salvage any usable weapons.
Our heroes have to team up with the Militia survivors, luring the alien bikers into an ambush.
Norton discovers that the majority of items from the 1953 invasion are stored at the nearby Fort Streeter, in the San Francisco Bay area. Colonel Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) introduces the team to General Masters (Greg Morris - Mission: Impossible ). A female TV reporter is also on the base, nosing around. A pity they did not re-use TV news reporter Michelle Scarabelli and her cameraman, Von Flores ( Earth: Final Conflict ).
The team are given access to the storage room. It is in the World War Two Pacific Command Bunker, 372 feet below ground level. Blackwood and Suzanne get trapped in the storage bays while the aliens try to secure the area. Worse, our heroes have managed to get high by touching a glowing alien crystal.
A gang of aliens dressed as the Blues Brothers try to infiltrate a University campus. Their plan is to steal some research that was being performed there. This particular piece of research is the Y-Virus, a piece of biological weaponry that can melt a human brain. Just the thing to grow in a low-security lab on a campus surrounded by ten thousand immature college students.
The aliens encounter a team of students (including Jill Hennessy, Carolyn Dunn ) playing laser-tag. One of the humans gets dissolved. By incredible coincidence, this was a former lab assistant of Suzanne. She insists that the others accompany her on an investigation.
One thing the aliens never considered was that they could be vulnerable to the Y-Virus too. The result is interesting to say the least.
The Alien Triumverate have been crippled. One of them has caught chickenpox, despite them all being irradiated against all human diseases. They are now indecisive, and cannot function as leaders.
Norton is confused when the aliens stop transmitting altogether. It is a pity he could not crack their codes or triangulate their position, but their radio silence is the only thing that actually gets his attention. Harrison Blackwood's stepmother Sylvia Van Buren ( Ann Robinson ) is still in the old folks home, and suddenly seems lucid.
The triumverate take three new human hosts (including Kim Coates - Sons of Anarchy) and starts a road-trip across the USA. The aliens steal human brains in order to create the cure. Blackwood investigates, despite Ironhorse's cynicism.
The aliens' plan is to take over a power station. The company's logo has twin lightning flashes, not unlike a certain German wartime unit. Blackwood works it out first, and does not even tell the others. He just charges straight in, without backup.
The title character is Michael Martin Martin (Alex Cord - Genesis II ), a billionaire industrialist. Unlike his character of Archangel in Airwolf, here he specialises in food technology. His company has perfected an irradiated grain, and he plans to distribute it to the whole world. This sounds like a precursor to 21st Century Frankenstein Foods, and the post-Somalia policy of flooding the Third World with cheap grain. Unfortunately, these are bad things ...
Suzanne McCullough is intrigued by the scientific techniques that manufacture of this new foodstuff utilises. She arranges to meet with MMM. Unfortunately he is a complete womaniser. He has a wife, a mistress and an affair with his secretary. Will Suzanne be the fourth woman in his love life?
The Aliens try to take advantage of the food distribution scheme, by poisoning the grain. This will kill the human species a lot quicker, but it might have been more subtle of them to let it go ahead without interference. Letting a megalomaniac drive all other food producers out of business, monopolising the market and then crashing it, could have produced a devastating global famine in a few decades time.
A team of Russian nuclear scientists are in San Francisco to negotiate a nuclear disarmament treaty. One of them is a Dr. Harrison Blackwood's ex, so he sneaks out of the Safe House and tries to get her to defect.
The Aliens are also in town. They want to set off a mini-nuke, hopefully starting a full-on nuclear war.
A scientist offers to help the team. He claims to be able to crack the aliens' code that they use on intercepted radio communications. Nobody bothers to triangulate the aliens' base.
The scientist is invited to the safe-house. Then everyone heads off to attack the aliens. All that is left to protect the safe-house is Norton Drake (Philip Akin - Highlander: The Series ) - with his wheelchair and his impressive upper-body strength. It is good that they actually give him something to do for a change.
The aliens create a subliminal brainwashing soundtrack. They embed it in a recording of an electric guitar solo of the show's theme music. Anyone who listens to the music will be brainwashed. Rather than try to brainwash humans en mass, or even to target VIPs, all they want is a single human scientist. He can create a vaccine that will make the Aliens immune to all Earth diseases!
A grave-robber dressed like Indiana Jones steals a Native American head-dress. It turns out to have the controls of an alien star-ship. The heroes want it, as does the Native American Shaman - and the aliens want it too!
The aliens must have sent a scout-ship centuries before the invasion force landed. Not unlike the Taelons' plan to send Ma'el to Strandhill in Ireland circa the year 500 (see Earth: Final Conflict ).
Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) gets a love interest - the Shaman's grandaughter.
The team have run out of clues. They start interviewing Alien Abduction victims. This reveals a terrible fact - the aliens are experimenting on people.
Blackwood takes an interest in a beautiful abductee. She blocks out the details of her ordeal, so he suggests she be hypnotised. But as she becomes the love interest of a regular character, what is her life expectancy?
One of the other alien abductees is Julian Richings ( Supernatural ), who reappears as one of the main aliens in Season Two.
Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ), Blackwood and the lady doctor are invited to address the UN Security Council. Only now have they decided to get International help about the alien invasion.
Blackwood is invited to meet a reclusive artist named Quinn (John Colicos - Star Trek ). But Quinn is being hunted by the aliens. He has something they want. He offers a compromise that he wants the UN and the Advocacy to accept. Instead of killing all humans, the aliens should only kill 90% and let the remaining 10% stay on reservations.
The Aliens have decided to sabotage the phone network of the Western seaboard of the USA. To that end, three of them become homeless people in Portland, Oregon.
Harrison Blackwood's stepmother ( Ann Robinson from the original 1953 movie) is having a bad time of it in the Old Folks Home. She busts out, along with a formerly homeless lady, and they make their way towards Portland. Harrison and his female sidekick try to find the women, before the Aliens do.
Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) encounters an intruder, and has a poorly choreographed martial arts fight. He then sets about recruiting a new Special Forces unit, staffed with a mis-matched dirty dozen. Unfortunately, none of them will be treated like individuals again. After this episode, the carefully crafted background characters will be replaced with a bunch of anonymous extras.
A trio of aliens try to sabotage a shopping mall. One of them has to swop bodies to evade pursuit ... but the victim is a pregnant woman, and the shock of the takeover causes her to go into labour.
The baby is taken to hospital, where it turns out to be a Starchild ... its alien DNA causes it to age at an accelerated way. The good guys discover the truth about the baby. Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) deploys his Special Forces units, with Mac-10 Ingrams to go with their white coats.
There are a couple of twist endings. This is quite a dark show, with an episode like this about a child being put in jeopardy. John Pyper-Ferguson ( Alphas ) makes an appearance as an alien.
To try and get global help against the Alien invasion, they hold a conference in Philadelphia. The delegates include a Russian (Colm Feore - Revolution: Season 1 ) and a North Korean/Red Chinese (James Hong - Big Trouble in Little China ).
This is a mid-Season clip show, with selected bits of previous episodes to provide exposition. But they are small in number, well-chosen, and the main framing plot of the episode is well-cast and holds up well in its own right.
The Aliens discover the existence of the conference, and launch an all-out assault on it. Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) and his small band of Special Forces troops are providing security. Will they be enough?
Unfortunately, the woman who Ironhorse killed had an obsessive husband (Denis Forest, one of the main aliens in Season 2 ). He appears to be some kind of anarchist terrorist, with an extensive arsenal that includes a sniper rifle, a pump-action shotgun and a supply of home-made explosives How ironic that despite taking on an entire army of superhuman monsters from outer space, the only time Colonel Ironhorse is in any jeopardy is when he crosses paths with a lone nut.
The Aliens have been steeling industrial lenses. They have secretly created a laser-cannon. To make it work, they must bulk-buy rubies. To do this, they must obtain five million dollars in cash ...
Journalist Michael Parks ( From Dusk Til Dawn ) gets a tip from a mysterious informant. This Deep Throat claims that The Blackwood Project is secretly killing illegal immigrants. The reason why a murderous operation like that would require a astrophysicist and a biologist, both world-class, is never delved into.
The Aliens are still hiding in the mines in Nevada, where the high levels of radiation keep them safe from bacteria. Unfortunately, this also kills their eggs. Their answer is to take over a low-temperature refridgeration facility. After all, the next batch of eggs will not be available for seven years, so they would be as well waiting for the Second Wave of invaders to arrive.
The aliens infiltrate a drugs cartel in Chicago. They use the narcotics trade as a way of turning humans into Fast Zombies.
The Blackwood group go undercover as DEA agents. Unfortunately, a lady detective does not want Feds in her jurisdiction. She gets nosy, and their cover is jeopardised.
An alien life-pod is extracted, frozen in ice for centuries. Blackwood's group are ordered to hand it over to another unit, who are based in Hanger 15 and retro-fit alien tech for the US Military-Industrial Complex. Unfortunately, the alien is still alive - like in The Thing .
As with the International Conference and Ironhorse's Special forces unit, this is a nice example of an approach to the Alien invasion scenario that was later developed and explored by the TV show Stargate SG-1 .
A woman with big hair is really a fembot from another world, with a mission to kill all the aliens. She can see their aura, and intends to hunt and kill the Advocates single-handed.
Of course, the woman's creators have an agenda of their own. This was never explored in Season 2, which is a pity in itself, but it does give an irony to the last line Blackwood speaks!
The First Season was about the run-up to an Alien invasion. The Second Season is set some time afterwards. The invasion seems to have been a bit of a flop. The Aliens have arrived, but they are still hiding in human bodies. Human society has become a Dystopia, explained in the new voice-over intro, but the humans have no idea that there are alien invaders in their midst!
This episode is basically a house-cleaning. Blackwood and his crew meet a new main character, John Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ). As a Special Forces soldier who did off-the-books work for General Wilson, he performs the same functions that Colonel Ironhorse (Richard Chaves - Predator ) did.
The new Alien leadership make themselves known. They execute the first wave, and use their new cloning technology on one of our heroes.
Our heroes have to quit their old safe house and move into Kincaid's secret underground lair.
The aliens kidnap a preacher and use their cloning tech to give him an evil twin. This means they can infiltrate the homeless community, which by incredible coincidence gets them closer to Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ).
The aliens have a god of their own, referred to as The Eternal. This was originally intended to be called The Immortal, which would not only make sense of their suicidal battle-cry but also make an ironic reference to the next big Sci-Fi role that Adrian Paul would play!
The city falls victim to a heatwave, and the aliens cause a drought by blocking the main pipes from the city reservoir.
Humans flock to their churches to pray. The Aliens co-opt one of the churches, and use their tech to make it look like the preacher can perform real miracles. Can the Aliens get the humans to worship The Eternal?
Debbie the young girl has started playing loud Rock music in the bunker. Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ) does not like it - he must be too old, because it is too loud. After all, he invited the others to come live with him.
The Rock Music is blamed for inciting fans to violence. The Aliens accidentally encounter mobs of rioting humans. Is cool music really the greatest defence against the alien invaders?
Unfortunately, the Aliens corrupt the music and use it to control the fans and turn them violent. Yes, this is a moralistic heavy metal music is bad episode.
The theme of aliens infiltrating the music trade was previously used in War of the Worlds [Season 1, Episode 12] Choirs of Angels.
The heroes come down with the flu. Blackwood goes to the Hospital to see an old friend, in the hope of scoring some drugs ... to cure the flu. Instead, he discovers that the aliens are experimenting on human patients, placing biological implants in human hosts. Since the aliens cannot breed naturally, they are using seeds of The Eternal.
The Doctor tells Blackwood I come down here every day to fight a war against rape, murder, disease and despair! Unfortunately, he also tells an elderly patient I can't operate on you without (Health) Insurance - it's against the law! Yes, it is illegal to give medical care free of charge. A dark future indeed!
The Aliens have run out of ideas, so they defrost some passengers who were in suspended animation during interstellar travel. One of the passengers is a priestess known as Seft of Emun. She and her son are not Morthren, they are members of another species who were tricked into joining the Morthren.
Once again, Harrison Blackwood gets a love interest. Since his previous one did not turn out well, what are the chances he will get a happy-ever-after ending this time?
The Aliens hire some local help. They try to capture a gunman (Eugene Robert Glaser - La Femme Nikita) who is friends with Suzanne. Instead they get his teenage daughter ( Mia Kirshner ), and send an evil clone of hers out to lure her daddy into a trap.
The Aliens have teenagers of their own. One of them decides to go walkabout. Debbie goes walkabout herself, and befriends him.
Eventually the plot-lines collide. Suzanne and Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ) treat Debbie like an idiot, and are willing to trust the evil clone over the alien boy. Blackwood is the only one who wants to believe Debbie and her BF. Perhaps this is because of his own Alien Encounter in the previous episode.
The city is torn by humans rioting over food shortages. Even the aliens are starving! Suzanne takes Debbie to her mom's farm. Her stepfather is Lt Gerard from Due South.
The aliens are using the farm to grow alien crops. Suzanne does not seem to notice that the farmers act like pod people from Invasion of the Bodysnatchers . She even gets a love interest!
Back in the city, Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ) and Blackwood hang out in a strip club.
As part of the new dystopian future, narcotics have been decriminalised. Unfortunately this seems to have increased the amount of violence on the streets, perhaps because the pharaceutical companies are every bit as exploitative as the narco-crime gangs that previously ran the drug trade.
Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ) takes a junkie pal of his to a Rehab centre where there is a mysterious medicine. Unfortunately, the people running it are conducting illegal experiments on the patients. Yes, he has stumbled into yet ANOTHER alien plot. And yes, this is a moralistic drugs are baaaad episode.
The theme of aliens infiltrating the drug trade was previously used in War of the Worlds [Season 1, Episode 21] So Shall Ye Reap.
The Resistance have started communicating via a primitive 1990-style inter-Relay Chat programme named The Grapevine. There is one thing they do not consider. If the Aliens' tech is a mere 18 years ahead of the humans', and it doubles in power every 18 months, it will be a thousand times more powerful. So the Aliens will easily be able to crack their chatroom security!
Not only can the aliens hack the chat, they can cause the humans' desktop computers to electrocute the owners. Unfortunately, the feedback also zaps the Aliens' controller. When he realises his superiors regard him as expendable, he decides to defect.
Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ) gets in touch with Scoggs, the part-time hacker and full-time stripper. She has an office at the strip club. It would be far more secure to meet there instead!
The Aliens send a team back in time to 1953. The Alien leader has a look-alike in the 1950s FBI. The plan is to innoculate the previous generation of invaders against all known Earth diseases, so the invasion would have succeeded in the 1950s. They did not do this earlier because they need the power of a supernova to open a time portal. Hence, it is all a matter of timing (apologies for the pun).
Our masculine heroes go back in time to save the world. It turns out that the 1950s happened in Film Noir monochrome, even if the movie itself was in glorious technicolour! Back in the 1950s the human military used WW2 tactics (no change from what they usually do in the average episode) but they had LMGS - in other words, their firepower was much better in the 1950s!
The heroine stays at home looking after Debbie, the teenage girl who looks like a young Cassiday Freeman .
The aliens have a new secret weapon - they create test-tube babies. The result is closer to the creepy kids of Village of the Damned than to the teenage super-soldiers of Dark Angel . They make a nine-year-old boy who looks like Damien in The Omen . He has superpowers - he tortures his shrink by projecting images of the man's deceased son (who looks like Ron Weasley from Harry Potter ). He can also absorb info from a 1980s computer by pressing the palm of his hand against the screen.
By strange coincidence, it seems like the only Paediatrician in the entire city is Suzanne McCullough herself, who is still one of the leaders of the Resistance. After all, she is the same person whose mother's farm was overrun by alien farmers only a few weeks previously. How many other invasion plots will she stumble into?
The aliens have got infected with a Terrain bacterium. The original story showed that this was their main weakness, and with the current lot`s reliance on bio-tech they are more vulnerable than ever. Ironically the only thing that can diagnose the bacterium and find a cure is a computerised medical device invented by the US military. It is called the med-cell, and apparently is a sort of medical tricorder. The aliens offer the US military a trade - FTL Tech for the med-cell. Unfortunately it has been stolen, so the colonel gets his best black-ops unit to hunt it down. Yes, the Blackwood team must compete with the aliens to get tech ... but whoever wins, the aliens will get the tech anyway!
The mastermind of the theft is Aki Aleong ( V: the series ), an oriental-American crime-lord who fences his stolen goods at an indoor market with its own security team. Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ) gets a job as a security guard. The aliens simply kidnap and clone the security boss. Unfortunately with the biotech infected the clone is faulty, displaying human traits like greed and selfishness rather than mere blind obedience to the alien cause.
The Deadliest Disease is a reference to friendship, specifically that between the sons of the security boss and the crime lord.
The Aliens try to locate a surveillance probe they lost.
The Resistance try to organise a suprise birthday party for the teenage girl.
With both heroes and villains engaged in non-combat missions, there is no actual conflict this episode. If anything, it is like the cliched Xmas episode. The only difference is, the Resistance need to make a birthday cake instead of an Xmas cake!
The Aliens plan to take over Corporate America. They clone a public speaker (Roy Thinnes - The Invaders ) who can use brainwashing technology on businessmen and women who attend an Executive Weekend. Their technique is SUPER-liminal advertising, as opposed to sub-liminal - there is absolutely nothing subtle or subconscious about it. The victims are locked in a room and have the same advert played constantly for ten hours at top volume.
The Aliens' surveillance probe gets captured by the Resistance. But can our heroes arrive in time to save the Executives? After all, one is this week's love interest for Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ).
It is the one-year anniversary of the death of Kincaid's elder brother. Kincaid (Adrian Paul - Highlander: The Series ) reminisces with their old drinking buddies - a bunch of guest stars we have not seen before. And the chances are we will not see them again, because the Martians send the dead brother back as a killer cyborg.
The Terminator type storyline is predictable. But the flashbacks of Kincaid and his brother are great - we get to see him as a rookie, instead of the battle-hardened veteran we know him as.
In a typical piece of cast recycling, Jill Hennessy appears as a different character than she did in the first Season.
We see the results of the occasional success of the Human Resistance. The Alien food supply is running out. They have no usable cloning facilities any more. However, they do have Mission: Impossible style rubber masks so they can frame the heroes for a bank robbery. This idea was also used by the Leviathans in Supernatural: Season 6 .
The aliens release spores, as their final attack on humanity. The boy alien from a previous episode steals The Obelisk, a McGuffin that has records of all alien activities. He takes it to the human girl. They discover the truth about the original invasion in 1953 - that the aliens had detected the Hiroshima blast, and decided to investigate in force.
This is the final episode of the show. It actually provides closure, giving a final confrontation between the Aliens and the Blackwood team. There is a final resolution, making this one of very few shows that did not end on a painful cliffhanger.